Friday, March 27, 2015

15 Faves from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection

Since the partnership was first announced at the beginning of this year, there has been a lot of hype around the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection launch. Some worried that the association with Target would cheapen the upscale lifestyle brand and that Lilly herself would literally be rolling her eyes in heaven. But most, like me, were just really freaking excited at the prospect of shopping Lilly's chic resortwear and vibrant prints & patterns at affordable Target prices. And when I browsed through the much anticipated lookbook that was released this week, I really did think that Target stayed true to Lilly's core brand. According to USA Today, the Target team worked hand in hand with the Pulitzer artists to create 15 exclusive prints, and to "not only create an aesthetic, but also a value level that we are proud of."

And I, for one, am IN LOVE with every.single.item. As expected, the collection is a total explosion of florals and bright colors and is full of that feminine, Palm Beach spirit that the brand is known and loved for. I am literally counting down the days until April 19th, when the collection launches in stores and I can throw all of these items into my big red basket before they inevitably sell out. Who's with me?!

1. The shirt just screams vintage Lilly. I could see young girls and little old ladies alike looking equally chic in this.
2. Pineapple sandals! Pretty much everything I've ever wanted.
3. Colorful, comfy pants that I'd like to pull on almost every day of the summer over a bikini.
4. The patterned weaving on this storage basket is amazing.
5. A pineapple tray makes for the PERFECT chip and salsa server.
6. Pretty outdoor floor pillows I'd love for our patio.
7. Loving the tassels on this fun, patterned cover up!
8. I think I could pretty much live in this hammock with a good book and a cocktail.
9. The bikinis in this collection are so cute. This is one of my favorites.
10. You'd be the most stylish (and comfortable) person on the beach with this folding chair.
11. Summery napkins with tassels! Want.them.all.
12. What could be better than a travel kit with flamingos on it?
13. If anything were ever to define my ideal summer look, it would be this romper.
14. I'd start drinking more wine if I had these gold wine stoppers.
15. Why have just one style plate when you can have one in EVERY pattern!

You can see the lookbook here and the launch release here. Which pieces from the collection are your favorites??

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mac & Marlborough on Style Me Pretty

Happy Wednesday! I'm so excited to share that our engagement photos are featured on Style Me Pretty today! After reading SMP religiously almost every day since we've been engaged, it's so cool to see our faces there. A huge thanks goes to our photographer Jacob of Brumley & Wells for capturing josh and I in such an effortless, natural way. Head over to SMP today to see the full post! xx

Friday, March 20, 2015

Wedding Planning Update: 5 Months Out!

^ Behind the scenes shot via Emily

So I do realize that this blog has become somewhat of a wedding blog over the last few months. But this space is truly a reflection and natural documentation of our lives and to be honest, that's all we've had time for! Between work, travel, wedding planning and trying to make the most of our Sugarbush season passes on the weekends, there's just no time to squeeze in much of anything else. We do have a few DIY & decorating projects in the works (and yes, some are for the wedding!) so stay tuned. And in the meantime, a lot has happened since my last planning update back in September, so I'm sharing the strides we've made here today.

1. I found "the" dress! 
After a few appointments at Ceremony, Madelyn's Daughter, Sak's and finally L'elite, I found my wedding dress and I couldn't love it more. Luckily I had my mom, dad, sister, and a couple of my bridesmaids there to help calm my indecision and confirm that it was as beautiful as I thought it was. That's all I am going to say about that one!

2. We decided on wedding party attire
The boy's will be in blue suits & ties from Asos and the girls will be in various nude-colored dresses from Amsale. They will also be wearing flower crowns. :)
3. We booked our honeymoon
We are going to the Greek islands! You can read more about how we decided on a destination here.
4. We built a wedding website and started a registry
We used Squarespace to set up a wedding website and registered for gifts using Hatch My House and I'm planning on writing a separate post about some great places we've found to register for unique gifts.
5. Save the dates are sent!
We took engagement photos with Jacob and then used one of those shots for our save the date. We worked with the amazing Lauren of A Fabulous Fete for the calligraphy, and she will also be doing our invitations and some other elements for the wedding. Her style is so unique and I'm pretty much obsessed with anything she does.
6. We booked a florist
I have lots of ideas when it comes to the florals at both the ceremony & the reception, so I am so excited to be working with talented girls at Petal Floral, who I know will bring my vision to life.
^ florals by Petal

7. We booked a baker
We will be serving dessert at our wedding so won't be going crazy with a wedding cake, but we will have a small cake for cutting together & celebrating that moment. We are going to be working with Jocelyn of Mayflour Confections to whip up something lovely.
8. We booked a photobooth
Get excited, this pretty girl will be gracing our wedding to capture funny moments all night long!
9. We decided on a tent company
We will be using a sailcloth Sperry tent for the reception in my Grandma's backyard. The layout is still a bit TBD based on a site visit, but we are hoping for for an outdoor dance floor under nothing but the stars & string lights. :)

10. We booked a caterer
We will be working with our good family friend Tim Hopkins on all the delicious food for the big day. The exact menu is also still a bit up in the air, but we do know that there will be an epic cheese station and lots of seafood. I loved seeing Tim in this article I read recently about wedding menu trends!

11. We finalized lodging and transportation.
Given that Westport Point is a fairly quiet area, finding nearby housing for our families and wedding party was definitely a challenge. I give huge credit to my amazing MOB (mother of the bride) for taking on the logistical nightmare and not only finding lodging for all the bridesmaids, groomsmen & guests, but booking trolley transportation from all the different points of the day. It sounded like a massive tangled web but thankfully it's under control now!

So those are some of the major things we've tackled in the last few months. We're also looking forward to some fun plans in the near future, including cake and food tasting, flower consultations, design meetings, dance classes, site visits etc. And how am I feeling about it all? Honestly, pretty overwhelmed. I was experiencing a tiny bit of the planning stress back in the first month we were engaged, but I'm feeling that 10-fold now. I go back and read that post and literally think "girrrrl, you ain't seen nothin' yet!". I think I was on a bit of a recently-engaged happy cloud when I wrote that update but trust me, I'm back down to earth now. :) I obsess over details and there are more details involved in a wedding than I ever could have imagined! Plus, there are so many emotions mixed in so that adds a whole other layer of complexity to every decision and conversation. But at the same time, this is the type of stress I am OK with. Most of the decisions we need to make are incredibly fun and excited ones and I know that every little thing we accomplish will lead up to a day where we can sit back, relax, feel all the love that's around us, and know with out a doubt that every one of those details will be taken care of. But man right now, those details never sleep! I'm just trying to think of it as the first of many crazy & memorable adventures that josh and I will experience together. Thanks for following along!

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week on Marlborough 3.13

^ light at night on Marlborough!

Happy Friday! This week we sprung forward, and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it being light out later. It actually makes you feel like you have part of the day left even after a long day at work. All the snow on Marlborough St. has also melted down to below my shoulder height, which gives me hope that this city will once again return to a pre-buried state sometime soon. Spring can't get here soon enough!

What's everyone up to this weekend? We have a meeting with our wedding planners to discuss the timeline for the big day which I'm pretty excited and a little nervous about. There are so many tiny details that go into that one day. I've been seeing so many cute Easter decorating ideas this year that I might also do some Easter crafting. Here are 12 fun crafts to try that I posted last year if you are considering doing the same.
And as always, here are some fun Friday links...

  • I really want a pet lion
  • A breakfast recipe I'm excited to try this weekend. 
  • 8 signs your significant other is also your best friend
  • The foxiest place on earth. 
  • DIY Easter eggs that will wow. Who is making some this year??
  • A pretty rad rock & roll wedding.
  • Cat hugs and a cat that refuses to dog. 
  • A twizzler cake!
  • Do you believe the viral woodpecker/weasel photo is real?
  • Homepolish, Airbnb, an H&M home team up for SXSW. 

Have a wonderful weekend. TGIF! xx

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wedding Party Apparel Part 2: Finding Affordable Suits

I think this is officially my first menswear post! As expected when I wrote about part one of the wedding party apparel hunt, finding suits proved to be much easier than bridesmaids dresses. What josh and I knew when we started looking was that we wanted a lighter, more summery color and we were leaning towards blue, but were open to other options as well. We started with the usual suspects (Jcrew, Brooks Brothers, Mens Warehouse etc.) but everything was really pricey while lacking the more unique elements we were looking for.

And then we hit the landmine of inexpensive men's suits, Asos! They have so many options when it come to color, fit, and style and are great quality for their affordable prices. Here are some of the options we considered.

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And this is the one we went with! Here is my cute husband-to-be modeling the final suit pick. I can hardly believe I am going to be marrying this guy (in this suit) in just a few months. Cue heart explosion.
So while finding the right suit was a breeze, having that suit actually fit 10 groomsmen with varying body types is a whole different battle. That is definitely one challenge with ordering suits online vs. going and trying them on in a store. But our fingers are crossed that they all fit and I'm so excited to see the group of them together next summer. 

So we can finally say a big fat "CHECK!" to outfitting a wedding party of 20. It feels great. 

And if you missed part one about the bridesmaids dress hunt, you can read about that here

Friday, March 6, 2015

This week on Marlborough 3.6

Happy Friday! Apologies for the lack of posts lately - a flu-like virus unfortunately had me laying horizontal for most of last week. This winter is really kicking my butt! I started to feel a little bit better by Saturday, but still opted to stay inside and chill in the lodge while josh and friends hit the trails at Sugarbush last weekend. It was actually nice sitting inside by the fire all day with a hot cocoa in hand. I caught up on lots of emails, watched skiers weave down the sunny mountain, and finally sifted through all of those thick bridal magazines that I get in the mail. I wasn't out on the slopes, but it was a cozy day on the mountain nonetheless. Plus, we were able to catch some of the prettiest Vermont sunsets over the snowy Lake Champlain, which is always the best. #nofilter

This weekend we have some Restaurant Week plans, a few errands to run, a season of House of Cards to catch up on, and Bruins tickets to Sunday's game against the Red Wings. It should be a nice relaxing weekend at home and that's sounding pretty perfect right about now. What are you up to this weekend?
And here are some fun Friday links!

  • February was like a friend you don't want to invite anywhere.
  • Something beautiful amidst the most brutal winter.  
  • A cozy Vermont cabin blanketed in charm. 
  • Twins that look nothing alike! 
  • My kind of March Madness. Starch Madness
  • Cat island!
  • Ellen meets with Tim, the first winner of Ellen's Design Challenge, to set the record straight. 
  • The 30 most influential people on the internet.
  • I wish they had amazing flea markets in Boston like they do in CA so I could find gems like this

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Rehearsal Dinner Invites with Wedding Paper Divas

*I participated in an influencer activation for Wedding Paper Divas. I received complimentary product for participating, but all words and opinions are my own. 

I can hardly believe that our wedding is less than 6 months away! One part of the weekend that josh and I are really looking forward to and have started to think about lately is our rehearsal dinner, where we will kick of the festivities and celebrate with some of our closest friends and family. I had been starting to look into dinner invitation ideas online, so when Wedding Paper Divas reached out asking for me to test out some of their products and share my experience, I was totally on board.

Have you ever heard of Wedding Paper Divas? They are most well known for their large collection of printed wedding invitations, but they also sell lots of options for save the dates, bridal shower or Bachelorette party invites, stationary, and even custom printed wedding favors like personalized coasters. They really have it all! When I started to browse the site, I had no trouble finding styles I loved, and luckily they have a sample order option so that you can see the invites in person before making a decision. Since our rehearsal dinner will be much more laid-back and casual than the wedding, I knew I wanted to have some fun with bright colors and prints. Here are some of the styles I was initially drawn to.
As you can probably tell from the picks above, I have a summery, tropical theme in mind when it comes to the rehearsal dinner! And when the samples arrived (in less than a week), they were all even cuter in person. Along with the sample invitations, I also ordered one of Wedding Paper Divas'
sample packs so that we could get a feel for the site's options in paper weights and textures, fonts, and colors. I was so impressed with the quality of paper, especially their signature textured white option and their premium double-thick matte.
So I'd love to know, which one of these invites gets your vote!? Once we make a decision and the actual printed invites arrive, I'll be posting photos and feedback in a another post, as well are sharing more details around the overall rehearsal dinner look we are going for!

And in the meantime, if you are considering ordering invitations for any wedding-related event in the near future, be sure to check out Wedding Paper Divas. You can order a sample pack here to have a booklet of 5 free invitation samples, a color wheel, and paper swatches mailed right to your door. And if you know what you are looking for but are having trouble deciding between a few options, you can order 8 free invitation samples using the code FREETRY to see them in person.